- Islamabad Declaration 2018 calls for end to enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings
- Ban on proscribed outfits’ leaders from contesting polls
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday said that the judiciary has great respect for the legislature while courts are the custodian of the fundamental rights of the people of Pakistan, as the Islamabad Declaration 2018 issued at the end of the 8th Judicial Conference 2018 called for an end to enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings among other recommendations.
Addressing the concluding session of the two-day conference, Chief Justice Nisar said that the judiciary is committed to securing and preserving the constitution of Pakistan.
The judiciary, he maintained, is duty bound to protect people’s rights as enshrined in the constitution. He also termed dispensation of justice as the topmost responsibility of the institution. Justice Nisar said the judiciary has the powers of inbuilt judicial review in case of a violation of fundamental rights by the executive or constitutional violation by the legislature.
He termed the ADR system as inevitable to resolve disputes as courts are so overburdened.
Justice Nisar directed the Attorney General of Pakistan to ensure implementation of recommendations in an expeditious manner.
Meanwhile, the declaration issued after the conference declared that the proscribed outfits must be restricted from holding meetings, besides barring their leaders from contesting the general elections.
Among recommendations on alternate dispute resolution mechanism, and to address the backlog of cases, the declaration also proposed that enforced disappearance and extra-judicial killing were crimes and those responsible of such acts must be prosecuted as criminals.